Apple Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal


This apple baked steel cut oatmeal recipe is a lovely make-ahead breakfast option for busy mornings. Studded with sweet apple chunks, raisins and cinnamon, these oats will satisfy your taste-buds and keep you feeling full all morning.

I’ve been on a warm breakfast kick and my favorite as of late has been baked oatmeal. After making this maple pecan baked oatmeal Isaac requested a version without nuts so I started brainstorming. He loves raisins so I took that idea and ran with it.

Baked apple steel cut oatmeal in a pink bowl with peanut butter drizzled on top.

The result was a baked oatmeal with apple chunks and plump raisins nestled throughout. Doesn’t it look pretty with all the apple bites and chia seeds on top?

Steel Cut Oats for Baked Oatmeal

The combo of oats, apples, raisins, a little maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon makes for a naturally sweet and delicious healthy oatmeal bake. This version is particularly nutritious, because I used steel cut oats. They’re the least processed of all oats and have an awesome chewy texture. They do take a bit longer to cook so this recipe does take about 20 minutes longer to bake than my apple cinnamon baked oatmeal with rolled oats.

Overhead shot of apple cinnamon baked steel cut oatmeal in a white baking dish with a gold spoon scooping out a portion.

Ingredients Needed for This Baked Oatmeal

Some baked oatmeal recipes call for butter, milk and eggs, but we’re keeping this recipe vegan and dairy-free by using chia seeds, coconut oil and almond milk.

  • steel-cut oats – this recipe is meant to be made with steel cut oats. If you want to use rolled oats, try my apple cinnamon baked oatmeal
  • maple syrup
  • chia seeds 
  • coconut oil
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • sea salt
  • almond milk
  • apple
  • raisins
Ingredients for apple cinnamon baked steel cut oatmeal in a clear glass mixing bowl.

If you love being able to meal prep breakfast for the week, baked oatmeal is going to be your new BFF! You can make a batch over the weekend and you’ll be set with an easy breakfast for the week (or at least most of it).

Apple cinnamon baked steel cut oatmeal in white baking dish with a gold spoon.

How to Reheat Baked Oatmeal

Reheating the baked oatmeal is a breeze, either using the microwave, toaster oven or stove-top. Although I have to tell ya, I’ve found that the oats are really good eaten cold as well. I’ve been known to eat them straight from the fridge, but sometimes I’ll add an extra splash of almond milk and eat them like overnight oats or muesli. Yum!

If you’re a baked apple lover you will adore this baked oatmeal. Trust me on this one. The apples get extra sweet, soft and are coated with cinnamon. It reminds me of apple pie, which is perfection because apple pie is my fave.

Isaac absolutely loved this version and thought the sweetness was perfect. If you’re trying to cut back on sugar or just prefer things mildly sweetened, you can easily reduce the maple syrup and raisins a bit. It won’t affect the end result, the oats will just be a little less sweet. Enjoy!

Overhead shot of baked apple steel cut oatmeal in a pink bowl with peanut butter drizzled on top.

More Oatmeal Recipes

More Baked Oatmeal Recipes to Try

Apple Cinnamon Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

5 from 33 votes
This apple cinnamon baked steel cut oatmeal recipe is a lovely make-ahead breakfast option for busy mornings. Studded with sweet apple chunks, raisins and cinnamon, these oats will satisfy your taste-buds and keep you feeling full all morning. 
Baked apple steel cut oatmeal in a pink bowl with peanut butter drizzled on top.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup*
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds + 3 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins*


  • Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
  • Combine chia seeds with water to make a chia egg and let sit for a few minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine oats, maple syrup, chia egg, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt. Stir well to combine. Add in almond milk, apple chunks and raisins. Stir everything together once more.
  • Place oatmeal mixture into a greased baking dish (an 8×8 square baking dish or something similar). Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until oatmeal is golden brown and the center is cooked through. Remove from the oven, let cool and enjoy. Place any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge. Reheat later and enjoy.



  • To make this recipe with old fashioned rolled oats, use 2 cups of rolled oats instead of 1 cup of steel cut oats and reduce the baking time to 35 – 40 minutes.
  • For a lower sugar version, reduce the amount of maple syrup and raisins or omit them completely.


Serving: 1/4 of recipe Calories: 387kcal Carbohydrates: 65g Protein: 6g Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 6g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Sodium: 241mg Fiber: 7g Sugar: 24g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cinnamon baked oatmeal, baked steel cut oatmeal


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    1. Diane
      November 7, 2021 AT 12:55 pm

      5 stars
      We made this baked oatmeal today, and it’s so delicious! I did make a few changes: I didn’t peel the apple, just diced it. I added 1 large Egglands Best egg, used 1.5 cups steel oats, used Silk Protein milk, and omitted the raisins. Also made 6 servings instead of 4, so that changed nutritional info: 297 calories, 10 g fat, sodium 184, total carbs 42g, 5g fiber, 14g sugar, 9g protein.

      Will definitely make this again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 8, 2021 AT 12:46 pm

        Oh yay! So happy to hear this oatmeal was a success even with the substitutions, Diane! Thanks so much for trying it out and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    2. Jess
      October 17, 2021 AT 1:40 pm

      Could you make this in an instant pot?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 22, 2021 AT 4:38 pm

        I bet you could, but I haven’t tried it! Let me know if you do try it. I also have this apple cinnamon oatmeal with instant pot instructions you could check out!

    3. Shannon Gupton
      October 17, 2021 AT 11:47 am

      5 stars
      So good !!

    4. Donna
      October 10, 2021 AT 3:03 pm

      What can I replace the chia seeds with besides hemp hearts? I am allergic to chia.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 11, 2021 AT 6:00 pm

        You can make a flax egg or use a regular egg instead!

    5. Lea
      September 27, 2021 AT 6:08 pm

      5 stars
      I substituted organic honey for the syrup and I thought the sweetness was good! I cooked for 60 min. Should it be a little chewy? I used steel cut oats.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 28, 2021 AT 7:53 pm

        Yes! Steel cut oats are definitely much chewier than rolled oats. I hope you still loved it. 🙂

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